Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 (Partial) in Northeast Ohio

Yesterday, in Northeast Ohio, we had a partial solar eclipse. The total eclipse was just south of Ohio, so we experienced an 80% eclipse. It was still an amazing sight.  As the eclipse progressed, the sunlight dimmed and the air cooled slightly.  Here are photos and a 5 second time lapse of about 10 minutes of the eclipse. We had clear skies for the most part, and some high clouds moved in shortly after we reached out 80% maximum eclipse. We’re looking forward to the total solar eclipse that our home town will experience in April of 2024!










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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Looking for The Perseid Meteor Shower

I was out in the very early hours on August 12 and August 13, scanning the sky to spot the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year, I didn’t see any meteors, possibly due to the occasional high, thin clouds. I did see the Pleiades, and a nice bonus of a very brilliant Venus rising in the east. Here are two (meteor-free) photos.






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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mossy Creek Lives Up To Its Name

We made a trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia to fly fish the nearby Mossy Creek. Mossy Creek certainly lives up to its name, the clear spring creek waters full of undulating moss. The day we arrived, we had a short time in the afternoon for my husband to fly fish the public stretch of the creek in Bridgewater. Sadly, the next morning we were inundated with 3 inches of rain and the creek quickly turned muddy. This sometimes does bring out the big fish, and my husband briefly had on the hook a monster rainbow trout. But as the rain progressed the waters simply became too muddy to fish. Still, we had a great - albeit wet - time! Here are photos and a short video.










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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Visit to Euclid Beach Park

The sky was brilliant blue and the temperatures were very warm, perfect for a walk around Euclid Beach Park, part of the Cleveland Metroparks. A script “Cleveland” sign has been installed which is a nice footnote to the Cleveland skyline off to the west. The beach was just freshly combed, which provided some interesting patterns. Of course, I was compelled to walk on that perfectly combed sand,  but at least I walked on the far end so as to not spoil the view for others. Here are a few photos.









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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Covered Bridge, Harpersfield, Ohio

We hadn’t been out to Harpersfield (in Ashtabula County) for a few years so we decided to take the drive to see the covered bridge which spans the Grand River. There were several people fishing off the bridge walkway, and several Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets were also trying to catch fish as well. After visiting the bridge, we walked downstream and found a nice spot to fish. Nearby there was a group of 7 belted kingfishers, which were also vying for those same fish.  It was a great morning to take in the natural beauty of the area! Here are a few photos.











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Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Turkey Vulture Visits for a Snack

Someone driving down our street yesterday hit a raccoon and it didn’t take long for a huge turkey vulture to drop in for a snack. The bird pulled the raccoon off the street and into our yard so it could eat in peace, away from traffic. They are somewhat homely looking birds and they are quite large. Here are a few photos; I suspect that raccoon will be history soon.









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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle – Again!

In December 2010, the Cleveland Harbor West lighthouse was encased in ice due to high winds, big waves, and bitter cold. (I wrote about that event on my blog at this link: ”Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle “.)

The weather conditions were similar this year – maybe not as bitterly cold – and the lighthouse froze over again. Wanting another chance to photograph it, we headed to the Lake Erie shore on the west harbor of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. While the coating of ice on the lighthouse did not appear as thick as it was in 2010, and there was no ice at all on Lake Erie today, it was still a beautiful sight. The color of the icy lighthouse seemed to change with the amount of sunlight; as a small cloud passed overhead, the ice coating became a dull gray. In the bright light, it looked very white, with just hints of a cream color. Despite the sun, it was very cold and very windy, making it hard to take a quiet video. I thought I’d share it anyway, along with some photos, including one of the old Coast Guard Station which stands nearby.













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